Retirement call after 2016 World Twenty20 - Rangana Herath
Herath has been a consistent performer for Sri Lanka since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, accounting for 207 wickets from 41 Test matches at an average of 27.58.
The 37-year-old stood out as the leading wicket taker in Test cricket in 2014, with 60 scalps from 10 games, averaging just 27.45 runs per wicket.
Herath opined that with his age and injury issues, he has been struggling to maintain fitness in the last couple of years.
“With my age you cannot perform the way you did some 10-15 years ago.
“From my fitness I am doing the maximum with the injury, I am struggling a little bit on it.
"I cannot give a guarantee with my bowling or my fitness.
“I am trying to retain whatever energy I have and to prolong my career.
“I have reduced the number of one-day matches and play only Tests.”
Since 2010, only four bowlers have taken more than 200 wickets and Herath is the only spinner among the four.
With Sri Lanka heading into the 2016 T20 World Cup as defending champions, Herath will make a decision on retirement only after the tournament is over.
"If I put a target to end my career I will not be able to give my maximum to the team.
“Every time I play I look to give 100% to the team.
“But before long I will have to take a decision on my future.
“I will decide after the World T20 which is to be played in India next year.
“We are the reigning champions and we have a good chance of defending it with the present team although they lack in a bit in experience."
Revealing that he underwent a knee surgery in 2011 to repair damaged cartilage, Herath stated that the pain in his knee has returned in recent times.
"I did an operation on both knees in 2011 for damaged cartilage.
"I had a clean-up and I had no problem playing after that.
“But of late I have been getting pains.
“It is four years since the operation and the effect of it must have worn off over the years due to the wear and tear while playing.”
Among the current crop of spinners, Herath is confident that Tharindu Kaushal can become a leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka despite the ban on his doosra.
"If you take our spinners it is Kaushal who has played a lot and has the wicket-taking ability.
"Even Dilruwan Perera has it but Kaushal from the wicket-taking angle is the most successful and promising, we should pursue with him for the future.
“He has a problem with his doosra but I believe he can go a long way with his offspin.”
Sri Lanka are currently scheduled to play a two match Test series against West Indies against whom Herath has only eight wickets at an average of 43.50.
Herath has belief that Sri Lanka can win the series but is aware that his bowling performance will be key to achieving that result against West Indies.
"I am confident that I can do what I have been doing in the past and have great belief if I bowl well we have a good chance of winning the series."
Sri Lanka will aim to maintain their unbeaten home record against West Indies when the two teams meet in Galle on 14th October for the first Test.
© Cricket World 2015